for more of these things? reporter: the prodrone lobby says the faa will be approving thousands of new licenses and that will be for the public sector, and then ultimately the private sector. right now there are 3 27 drone licenses in the u.s., and the faa projects 10,000 active uav licenses by 2017, less than five years from now. and of the 18,000 police departments in the u.s., just a small minority, about 300, have the money for aerial assets such as helicopters or light aircraft. and most drones available under these faa licenses will look like this one, costing between 10 and $50,000, with flight times of an hour oralisms drone supporters say they're best used for surveillance for crowd control, missing children, or even forress fires. >> it's just an extra tool in the tool kit for the first responders to use and more affordable than the manned assets out there. reporter: the bottom line there is a lot of misconceptions. the small drone conclude note weaponnized or armed. >> shepard: unless you consider the government spying on you a weapon. once they get 10 or 20 million, they'